During his childhood, Vijay performed in minor roles in films directed by his father. Vijay debuted as a lead role actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu, produced by his father. After a few other films, he co-starred with Vijayakanth in the film Sendhoorapandi. After films like Rasigan and Deva, In his fifth film Rajavin Parvaiyile in 1993, he co-starred with another leading actor Ajith Kumar, who played supporting role in that film. He further went on to act in the romantic comedy Vishnu and romantic tragedy Chandralekha later. In early 1996, he starred in Coimbatore Mappillai a romantic comedy film.
Breakthrough and Success(1996–03)
His next flim was the Vikraman-directed Poove Unakkaga which was his first commercial success and made Vijay a recognizable star. Vijay’s tenth film Vasantha Vasal was followed by the action flicksMaanbumigu Maanavan and Selva and the romantic film Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen. In 1997 Vijay acted in the commercially successful movies Love Today,Once More.
Comeback and Superstardom(2011–present)
In the start of 2011 he associated with director Siddique again, for the romantic drama Kaavalan, the Tamil remake of the Malayalam film Bodyguard also co-starring Asin. It received a positive response from both viewers and critics and was deemed to be a box office hit, in spite of the ruling DMK stalling its release in many theatres which forced Vijay to shell out his salary and spend an extra 4 crore(US$690,000) for the release of the film. During Diwali the same year, his next film, the action film Velayudham directed by M. Raja and produced by Venu Ravichandran released and was a box office blockbuster and completed 100 days run. Velayudham became one of the top grossing films of 2011.
His next release was Nanban, the Tamil remake of the Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots, where he essayed the role played by Aamir Khan in the original. Directed by acclaimed director S. Shankar, it released during the Pongal weekend of 2012 and emerged a major financial success. Vijay’s performance in the film was praised by critics, including leading Indian actor Kamal Haasan.Nanban went on to complete its 100th day theatrical run. Nanban was the biggest hit for Vijay at the time of release. He made a special appearance in the 2012 Bollywood film Rowdy Rathore starring Akshay Kumar, directed by Prabhu Deva.
His next film, the action thriller Thuppakki, directed by A. R. Murugadoss and produced by S. Dhanu, released on Diwali 2012 to mostly positive reviews and was a commercial success across the globe. Thuppaki was declared as a blockbuster. The film also became the fourth film to enter the 100 crore (US$17 million) club in Tamil cinema and is the biggest hit in Vijay’s career. Eros International announced that Thuppakki made a domestic nett collection of 185 crore (US$32 million).
His next flim Thalaivaa co-starring Amala Paul and directed by A. L. Vijay is complete. He will soon be joining the sets of Jilla co-starring Kajal Aggarwal alongside Mohanlal, directed by debutante Nesan who was an assistant director in Velayudham.